Ashford keep up pressure

Longstone League

Stanton in the Peak 71 – 6 lost to Ashford in the Water 160 – 1 by 89 runs

Ashford maintained their 100 per cent record in the Longstone League to keep the pressure on champions Elton.

Asked to bat first by their hosts, Ashford lost an early wicket, but this simply brought together in-form Andrew Paulett and Julian Henson.

Some aggressive strokeplay, coupled with intelligent running between the wickets, ensured no further batsmen were needed. Dave Rosling (1-16) bowled tidily, but the rest of the attack suffered, as first Paulett (82no) and then Henson (58no) reached their half-centuries. The partnership finished unbeaten on exactly 150 at the close, a record for the second wicket in all midweek cricket for Ashford.

Stanton’s reply began very modestly by comparison. Rosling (28) attempted to inject urgency but the home side never looked interested in chasing down such a huge total. Peter Marsden (2-9) and Jamie Carrington (2-17) picked up a pair of wickets each, but Stanton defended doggedly to maintain some pride. Hill (14no) managed double figures, but the innings closed rather meekly on 71-6.

YDCL Division 2

Sheffield Civil Service 1st XI 232 – 5 beat Ashford in the Water 1st XI 214 – 6 by 14 runs

Ashford suffered a pair of agonising losses in Saturday’s YDCL fixtures.

The 1st XI travelled to Sheffield to play Civil Service.

Asked to bat, the home side made good use of the dry track to set up an imposing total. Ashford’s bowlers toiled and the outfielders struggled on the poor surface. Kev Rowney (2-64) and Peter Marsden (2-77) were the visitors’ only wicket takers.

In reply, Ashford made a good start with Jamie Carrington (20) and Andrew Paulett securing the first opening partnership over 50 of the season. When the first wicket fell on 66, Julian Henson (28) joined the imperious Paulett and the run-rate noticeably increased. But the introduction of Rob Horne (4-38) was Ashford’s downfall. Although Paulett went on to make a superb 107, supported by John Carrington (17), the run rate proved too high.

YDCL Division 5

Ashford in the Water 2nd XI 144–9 lost ton Woodhouse 1st XI 145 – 9 by 1 wicket

Ashford 2nds were involved in a nail-biting finish at Mill Lane.

The Ashford openers made a competent start with 46 on the board before Peter McGrath (11) fell to Roy Burgin.

Burgin (5-67) and Andrew Myers (4-25) then bowled through the remainder of the innings, keeping a tight rein on any Ashford progress, with only Simon Davies (36) ensuring a reasonable total.

In reply, Rob Ellis (4-48) took four quick wickets to leave the visitors on 48-4 and then were 132-9 but the tailenders just about saw them home.